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Viewing SD cards in the field
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Contributors to this thread:
mrelite 12-Jun-18
Ucsdryder 12-Jun-18
'Ike' 13-Jun-18
RogBow 13-Jun-18
TEmbry 13-Jun-18
StickFlicker 13-Jun-18
weekender21 13-Jun-18
KB 13-Jun-18
Mike-TN 13-Jun-18
Smtn10PT 13-Jun-18
jstephens61 13-Jun-18
Dyjack 13-Jun-18
Mike-TN 13-Jun-18
Eddie Maxwell 13-Jun-18
Whocares 13-Jun-18
SBH 13-Jun-18
Bob H in NH 13-Jun-18
splitlimb13 13-Jun-18
Boris 13-Jun-18
mrelite 13-Jun-18
Vids 13-Jun-18
Brotsky 13-Jun-18
kota-man 13-Jun-18
splitlimb13 13-Jun-18
Scoot 13-Jun-18
splitlimb13 13-Jun-18
wyobullshooter 13-Jun-18
smarba 13-Jun-18
mrelite 13-Jun-18
mrelite 13-Jun-18
wildan 13-Jun-18
smarba 13-Jun-18
splitlimb13 13-Jun-18
Bob H in NH 13-Jun-18
Ucsdryder 13-Jun-18
Teeton 13-Jun-18
backcountrymuzzy 13-Jun-18
Jaquomo 13-Jun-18
splitlimb13 13-Jun-18
APauls 13-Jun-18
t-roy 13-Jun-18
From: mrelite
12-Jun-18
So what are you guys using to view your SD cards, I had a Moultrie viewer but it didn't last long so I was thinking of getting a card reader that plugs into the phone and just use the phone as the viewer, any suggestions or thoughts on what works and what doesn't work?

From: Ucsdryder
12-Jun-18
I carried in a laptop last year. Served 2 purposes...view cards and download and clear cards so I don’t have to swap them out.

From: 'Ike'
13-Jun-18
I always have my Canon or Nikon with me and can view them from that...

From: RogBow
13-Jun-18
A small digital camera works fine.

From: TEmbry
13-Jun-18
You can get a reader that plugs into your iPhone for like $15, and it weighs about the same as 2-3 SD cards

From: StickFlicker
13-Jun-18
I carry an iPad mini and download the pics to it. It can also erase the card or leave the pics on it as desired.

From: weekender21
13-Jun-18
I've used small cameras and digital viewers that plug into my iPhone but I usually carry and swap SD cards. I try to limit time at my camera locations and swapping cards is the fastest.

From: KB
13-Jun-18
I have a portable power bank that doubles as a card reader. You connect to its WiFi signal to view and save/delete pics, and I can get 60-80% charge off of it depending on temp normally. Obviously a plug and play reader would be most simple but this thing is pretty handy. Don’t mess with trail cams much these days, but try to take a fair amount of pics on my little dslr. Fun to thumb through and edit during down time and the charge feature comes in handy if I’m running OnX a bunch or away from the pickup for a few days. Believe it’s made by Kingston.

From: Mike-TN
13-Jun-18
I carry my iphone and the lightning SD card adapter. This is a very simple, fast and lightweight solution. I load all the pics to my phone and delete them from the card before replacing. Takes just a minute. If I want to view in the field I can but usually wait until I’m back home and have better lighting to do a detailed review of pics. I run a dozen cameras on 2 different farms and generally have a few thousand pics to view each week. My phone is 64 GB and handles the pics easily. Mike

From: Smtn10PT
13-Jun-18
I have a card reading that plugs into my iphone, only downside is I have to remove my case to use it.

From: jstephens61
13-Jun-18
I also carry my iPad and card reader. I can see more detail and I’m carrying a pack anyway.

From: Dyjack
13-Jun-18
I just use my camera if I decide to pack it.

From: Mike-TN
13-Jun-18
I carry my iphone and the lightning SD card adapter. This is a very simple, fast and lightweight solution. I load all the pics to my phone and delete them from the card before replacing. Takes just a minute. If I want to view in the field I can but usually wait until I’m back home and have better lighting to do a detailed review of pics. I run a dozen cameras on 2 different farms and generally have a few thousand pics to view each week. My phone is 64 GB and handles the pics easily. Mike

13-Jun-18
I just swap the cards out and then view and file them at home on my laptop.

From: Whocares
13-Jun-18
Eddie, how do you view them on your laptop? I insert my SD card in the slot on my laptop but can't get anything to come up. Note , I am not very techy!

From: SBH
13-Jun-18
Card reader for your iPhone. Done deal. Light, easy. No need to carry a computer to the field!

From: Bob H in NH
13-Jun-18
I got two cables that plug into a multi-slot/size SD reader - total cost about $15. Plugs into my phone, I swap cards, and view them in the treestand, or back in the car.

From: splitlimb13
13-Jun-18
Bone view!!! Look it up

From: Boris
13-Jun-18
I saw at Walmart that there is a card reader that plugs into your phone for about 20 bucks. Is it worth getting one.

From: mrelite
13-Jun-18
I want to use a card reader for sure but the reviews are all over the place, anyone using an android phone? what brand or type has worked, it seems that many card readers work once and then stop working which kind of sounds like the people aren't doing something right with files.

I like the idea of swapping the cards out and reading them at camp although I'll have to glance at them incase I need to move the camera to a different location!

From: Vids
13-Jun-18
I use an iPhone with lightning card reader. Works great, cheap and no need to carry an additional camera or laptop.

One bit of advice - Make sure you download the app to view the pics before going into the field. I figured out that I hadn't downloaded it while sitting in my treestand in IL last year, and had no cell signal.

From: Brotsky
13-Jun-18
Another vote for the lightning card reader and my Iphone.

From: kota-man
13-Jun-18
Ipad with card reader for me.

From: splitlimb13
13-Jun-18

splitlimb13's Link
Been using this for two years ,have never had an issue, you can download and share images from your phone on the spot it's awesome.

From: Scoot
13-Jun-18
Thanks for the link, split! I was scared to google "bone view" on my work computer... :)

From: splitlimb13
13-Jun-18
Lol , I wouldn't do that to you brother.

13-Jun-18
I pop them into my digital camera

From: smarba
13-Jun-18
In a pinch or when I don't have the luxury of carrying extra weight I'll use my digital camera. Rather than bother to zoom digitally on the viewscreen I'll often use my binoculars backwards because at very close range they act as a magnifying glass (handy for splinters or other uses too BTW).

When I have the luxury I'll use a laptop. Next step is tablet. I tried a unit that plugged into phone and found it to be so slow it wasn't even feasible. I tried the Boneview and at the time it used a 3rd party photo viewer app that I wasn't impressed with. Maybe it's better now.

From: mrelite
13-Jun-18
Thanks Split, got one on it's way!

From: mrelite
13-Jun-18
Smarba, Thats a great idea for the binos!

From: wildan
13-Jun-18
I always swap cards and view on my P.C.;you would be surprised what you miss on the small screens.

From: smarba
13-Jun-18
Wildan I always swap cards too, but when in the field trying to get real-time information, sometimes it makes sense to view with whatever tools you have at hand.

From: splitlimb13
13-Jun-18
No prob guys, Carl's speaking the truth,hard to pack in a PC 12 miles on a mule . ??

From: Bob H in NH
13-Jun-18
I have a droid, mine works fine, but I have a multi-slot SD reader, the cable had to match the input on the Galaxy phone, other end/SD reader is straight USB

From: Ucsdryder
13-Jun-18
I don’t like the swap idea because you don’t find out until you get hike if the camera is in a crappy spot.

From: Teeton
13-Jun-18
I got a card reader for my droid phone for I think 9.95 it's been good for going on 3 years not. Mine's a Multi-slot just like Bob's..

13-Jun-18
I bring a small digital camera like a Nikon Coolpix or similar. I like to swap the cards out and then go find a cool spot to sit and look through the pics. The small digital camera works well for pictures but doesn't work for viewing videos in my experience

From: Jaquomo
13-Jun-18
Stealth reader with all my android devices. I have GAIA on the little LG tablet that's with me all the time so I just swap camera cards and sit in the shade to review and edit photos.

From: splitlimb13
13-Jun-18
Jaquomo , Does the stealth reader work if the game cam you use isn't a stealth cam?

From: APauls
13-Jun-18
my card reader for my iPhone only lets me download the pics, and then if you do a few cameras worth they are essentially impossible to organize onto a computer on the other end, so not such a fan of that right now.

From: t-roy
13-Jun-18
Check out Huntersmate Gen2 viewer. About the size of a IPad. Works great for me.

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